Real Salt Lake vs FC Dallas Prediction, 10/24/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs FC Dallas
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+115) Dallas (+220)
Corey Baird and Real Salt Lake (5-6-7, 9th in the Western Conference) play FC Dallas (6-6-5, 6th in the Western Conference) at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Andrew Putna for Real Salt Lake and Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas. FCD is priced at +220 while RSL is at +115. The O/U has been set at 2.75.
Salt Lake has controlled possession for 51.2% of matches while they dribble successfully 66.3% of the time (2nd in the league). They have attempted 225 shots at their opponents goal with 66 being on target, which calculates to a 29.3% SOT percentage. RSL have earned 22 goals on the campaign, which is 18th in the league. They have caught 6,826 passes from teammates on 7,875 tries so far this year, making their receiving percentage 86.7%.
Corey Baird is a player who can be a difference maker for Salt Lake. He has totaled 10 assists while tallying 15 yellow card warnings during his career. Baird has been a starter in 58 matchups so far in his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.27 goals per 90 mins. The forward from the United States has racked up 16 goals scored in 5,259 professional minutes played. One more player who could decide who wins is Damir Kreilach, the forward who is from Croatia. Kreilach has earned 28,390 mins in 321 career starts and has been given 60 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 26 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 78 goals. He is averaging 0.25 G/90 so far in his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Real Salt Lake is Andrew Putna. Putna (19-9-10 record in his career) has accounted for 12 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 31.6% shutout rate. The goalkeeper from the United States has had 153 shots attempted against him in 38 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.40 (54 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of .654. Putna has played for 3,465 mins and has accumulated 101 saves so far in his career.
Dallas has totaled 7,786 pass targets on the season (19th in MLS) with 6,843 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 87.9% and they have controlled possession of the ball 52.1% of the time. FCD have had success dribbling 58.7% of the time so far this year while accumulating 22 goals. They have connected on 36% of their shots on target on 214 total shots.
Jesus Ferreira will need to provide a spark for Dallas. He is averaging 0.35 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 47 contests thus far in his career. The forward who hails from Colombia has totaled 4,095 minutes while scoring 16 goals. He has 9 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 8 times. Be sure to watch out for Franco Jara, the forward from Argentina. He has collected 80 goals so far in his MLS career while helping a teammate on a goal 19 times. Jara has earned himself a total of 49 yellow cards in 14,971 minutes played (167 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.48.
Jimmy Maurer will be looking after the net for FCD. In his pro soccer career, Maurer has conceded 180 goals while he has racked up 437 saves in 149 starts. He has surrendered 1.22 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a record of 61-49-40. He sports a save % of .713 and his shutout rate is currently 34.2%. Maurer has accumulated 51 shutouts while seeing 613 shots against him in 13,279 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas (+220)
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